Apologies for the vague title but I really don't know why.

I've tried to set up folder redirection following the instructions on Technet word for word. Logging in on my domain creates the user profiles on each machine rather than in the Users$ directory on the server. The folder stays completely empty.

How do I even begin to troubleshoot this? The only time prior to this I had to set up Folder Redirection was using the wizard on Server 2012 Essentials which worked like a charm.

My test domain consists of 2 W7 Pro clients with a Server 2012 R2 Standard domain controller.

  • Standard folder redirection is not appropriate for user profile folders. You need to use the specific user profile setting: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771969.aspx
    – qasdfdsaq
    Aug 25 '15 at 17:11
  • I've already done the steps described in that link. It was Step 5 in the article.
    – Jake
    Aug 25 '15 at 17:13
  • Ah wait, sorry, wrong link.
    – qasdfdsaq
    Aug 25 '15 at 17:15
  • My mistake, it's step 4. I'll check over Group Policy on the server just to be sure.
    – Jake
    Aug 25 '15 at 17:18
  • Nah, my bad. I was thinking of per-user roaming profiles.
    – qasdfdsaq
    Aug 25 '15 at 17:32

How do I even begin to troubleshoot this?

Ensure you've linked the GPO to an AD container containing the users you want it to apply to (it's a user-level policy, so it applies to user objects, not computer objects).

Use GPResult to determine if your GPO is properly applying to the users you're testing with.

Troubleshoot problems further based on GPResult's output.

  • It's linked to the domain. Give me a moment to check GPResult
    – Jake
    Aug 25 '15 at 17:18

I appear to have got Folder Redirection working. Here's what I did:

  • Installed the essentials role on the server. Did Folder Redirection via the wizard.
  • Went onto my client and removed the existing profiles from 'Advanced System Settings', I also removed the Registry Keys under HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/ProfileList. (Logging in prior to this was causing logins with temporary profiles.)
  • Rebooted the client VM and everything appears to be work, even though it did take 5 minutes to log in.

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